Jun 2010 | 528pp
CILIP members price: £43.95
An information retrieval (IR) system is designed to analyse, process and store sources of information and retrieve those that match a particular user's requirements. A bewildering range of techniques is now available to the information professional attempting to successfully retrieve information. It is recognized that today's information professionals need to concentrate their efforts on learning the techniques of computerized IR. However, it is this book's contention that it also benefits them to learn the theory, techniques and tools that constitute the traditional approaches to the organization and processing of information. In fact much of this knowledge may still be applicable in the storage and retrieval of electronic information in digital library environments.
The fully revised third edition of this highly regarded textbook has been thoroughly updated to incorporate major changes in this rapidly expanding field since the second edition in 2004, and a complete new chapter on citation indexing has been added.
Unique in its scope, the book covers the whole spectrum of information storage and retrieval, including: users of IR and IR options; database technology; bibliographic formats; cataloguing and metadata; subject analysis and representation; automatic indexing and file organization; vocabulary control; abstracts and indexing; searching and retrieval; user-centred models of IR and user interfaces; evaluation of IR systems and evaluation experiments; online and CD-ROM IR; multimedia IR; hypertext and mark-up languages; web IR; intelligent IR; natural language processing and its applications in IR; citation analysis and IR; IR in digital libraries; and trends in IR research.
Readership: Illustrated with many examples and comprehensively referenced for an international audience, this is an indispensable textbook for students of library and information studies. It is also an invaluable aid for information practitioners wishing to brush up on their skills and keep up to date with the latest techniques.
1. Basic concepts of information retrieval systems
2. Database technology
3. Bibliographic formats
4. Cataloguing and metadata
5. Subject analysis and representation
6. Automatic indexing and file organization
7. Vocabulary control
8. Abstracts and abstracting
9. Searching and retrieval
10. Users of information retrieval
11. User-centred models of information retrieval
12. User interfaces
13. Evaluation of information retrieval systems
14. Evaluation experiments
15. Online and CD-ROM information retrieval
16. Multimedia information retrieval
17. Hypertext and markup languages
18. Web information retrieval
19. Natural language processing and information retrieval
20. Natural language processing applications in information retrieval
21. Citation analysis and information retrieval
22. Information retrieval in digital libraries
23. Trends in information retrieval
"The full gamut of information is covered … The text will be of great use to information practitioners to review their IR knowledge, and bring it up-to-date in many areas."
- Australian Academic and Research Libraries
"Chowdhury provides a good understanding of where much of our current systems have come from … this book would be a good resource for a basic information retrieval course."
- College & Research Libraries
"For this third edition of a text for undergraduate and graduate students of library and information science, Chowdhury ... incorporates changes in the field since 2004 and provides a new chapter on citation indexing. The book is written from a relatively non-technical perspective, covering the spectrum of information storage and retrieval in a way that's relevant to an international readership."
- SciTech Book News